Next week at this time, we'll be well into the A to Z Blogging Challenge. Make sure you stop by here everyday for a link to a writing resource that can help you in your career. There's been lots of advice given and lessons will be learned as the participants go along. Those of you who have picked a theme and perhaps shared it in last week's Theme Reveal, likely already know what you'll write about. Even better, you probably have all your posts already scheduled.
If you don't have a theme, you might wonder what you should write about. Or you might have your posts ready for April, but when May rolls around, you'll feel like the blogging idea cupboard is bare. Maybe you were struggling for ideas to keep your blog interesting and unique even before you joined the challenge. Or you didn't join because you didn't believe you could come up with enough ideas to complete the challenge posts. Check out this post on The Secret to Writing On Your Blog Everyday.
Nearly all writers are instructed to start a blog at some point in their career. Perhaps their publisher, agent or just other writing friends tell them to do this. Most believe this is to raise your online profile, another way of saying self-promotion. But another reason to do it is for practice. Writing a blog on a regular basis, is good practice for finding your unique voice. It's great practice for writing on a schedule. It's great practice for putting words down even when they don't want to come. Lessons writers need to learn.
If you're participating in the Challenge or just following it, here are some ideas for your blog posts. There will be dozens and dozens of blogs that you find fun and interesting. Some will be instructional and some just pure entertainment. Write a post about another blog and link to it. You're going to meet other writers so maybe you can write a post and link to their work. You'll find some blogs about myths, legends, and fantastical beasts. Link to them with a blurb about how wonderful they are. You might meet people you want to have as a guest. You will find enough of interest in the blogging challenge for another month of posting fodder.
Do you ever have trouble coming up with ideas for your blog? Can you share how blogging helps your writing? Have other blogs ever inspired your own posts?